Adapting to Holiday Changes During the Pandemic

Families make the most of their time together, however that may look, this holiday season.


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Family members communicate via video conferencing software. Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, many families are not able to gather in person.

This year the holidays are being celebrated differently, changing traditions, making the holidays more difficult.
Many families travel all over the world to spend time with other relatives during the holidays. Others plan vacations, or have a family gathering with the relatives they have around them. The holidays are sometimes the only time people get to see other family members, but because of Covid this year and the risk that comes with it, many families are doing things differently. This year there are still many families that are celebrating with their loved ones but changing the tradition due to circumstance.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been very stressful and isolating for many people. Holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season however, there is alot to consider when making plans so that you can help keep your friends, families and community safe. With Covid numbers at an alltime high, it is highly recommended for small gatherings with household members only. Celebrating virtually or with immediate family and taking safety measures is the best way to reduce risk of contracting Covid-19.

When having a gathering there are many factors to consider. Case numbers are rising everywhere, so the amount of cases in your area should be taken into consideration. Exposure during travel, the number of people, how crowded the gathering is, as well as how well you can social distance, are also things that should also be taken into consideration.

As the holidays approach, times are starting to get more difficult because loved ones can’t be together, presenting emotional and logistical challenges. Celebrating the holidays alone or just with your household members sounds boring.

I mean who wants to make an entire meal just for a few people to eat! Covid is giving us a chance to make the best out of a new situation and make it a holiday to remember. There is nothing better than receiving gifts over the holidays, so sending a card or gift is a great way to connect with family and let them know you’re thinking of them. While getting pictures and videos are always important, right now would be a great time to take advantage of that and document your holiday for loved ones to see. Even sharing a meal remotely with other family members online can be a great way to show how much you care. Even though they aren’t in person, it is another great new way to experience the holidays during the pandemic. Although the greatest risk for spread of covid-19 right now is family gatherings, there is a way that they can still happen without increasing Covid numbers. If you plan on going ahead and attending a holiday event in person, just try to remain observant and the most important thing overall is to do your part to protect the safety of yourself and your family.